New York is now the 5th Fattest City in America

I heard this on the news this morning and looked up the source. Men’s Health announced their annual Fittest vs. Fattest survey of major US cities. Miami tops the list this year of the Fattest – it must be all that Cuban and Latin food (now remember SoBe isn’t technically in the city of Miami). …

How good is your cooking wine?

I had this discussion of the holidays about cooking with wine as I too since inception of my time in the kitchen have heard the phrase “Only cook with the wine you would drink.” My pallet is not as sophisticated to the point I can distinguish all the ingredients in a dish let alone the …

A Renewed Commitment

I don’t make resolutions. I don’t believe you should wait till the end of the year to reinvent yourself or improve your life. Of course I’ve failed to make some improvements or honor some commitments that I’ll review and try to make a better attempt to realize those. 2009 will be a fantastic year if …

Flying Virgin

Traveling for business, usually takes me to all the major east coast ports at least 4 times a month, unfortunately I’m confined to journey on the corporate sponsored airlines of they typical variety: AA, Delta and Continental. When I actually have the option to travel for personal leisure, I’m using up my JetBlue miles, my …

Wine tours in upstate NY

The last time I went on a wine tour on the east coast was out to Northfork Long Island and the best part of the experience was the scenic drive and just getting some familiarity with LI. The wines were average at best and those that I thought were good, turned out to be sour …

A water sommelier?

Now this is getting ridiculous. The absurdity is far reaching including, diluting desalinated seawater from Hawaii (at $33.50 for a two-ounce bottle, what type of cheap water do they add to dilute it) and Bling H2O is marketing a “luxury” brand of water that costs over a million dollars of what you get from the …

Ties are officially out of style for Americans

I’ve never been a fan of wearing a tie. My younger association of ties was my father, daily returning from work with the tie knotted loosely around his collard shirt. My tie fashion was hand me downs from him or rentals worn only on special occasions such as graduations, certain family holidays or proms. Coming …

A salute to Hysteria

Here’s a little education. From the Wikipedia entry on “Female Hysteria”: Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is no longer recognized by modern medical authorities. It was a popular diagnosis in Western nations, during the Victorian era, for women who exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, …